Взрослый Человек с Осакой на аватаре (darth_blade) wrote in linguaphiles,
Взрослый Человек с Осакой на аватаре

德 vs 徳

I was browsing wikipedia and found something peculiar. The Taiwanese city of Bade is apparently spelled 八德 in Chinese, but 八徳 in Japanese. At first I assumed that 德 was simply not present in Japanese, but Rikaichan, the Japanese dictionary plugin for Firefox, recognized 德 and gave its on reading as "toku" and kun reading as "oshie". Wiktionary says that 德 is an older version of 徳, which is fairly obvious, but doesn't explain the difference in spelling. And other kanji dictionaries I've tried don't list 德 at all.
So, where does the difference in spelling come from? Is it simply because 德 is so rarely used in Japan?

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